In 2010 David McCandless and Neville Brody appeared on the BBC current affairs program Newsnight to debate the efficacy of information design. Though viewers were left make up their own minds on whether infographics were “the language of the eye” (McCandless) or “beguiling and seductive” (Brody), the debate got me thinking about the profound influence of the London Underground map and whether this particular infographic could be considered a perfect design.
If I told you that by the end of this article you’d be a better designer would you believe me? It’s a bold statement, but I want to share with you something that totally changed my approach to design.
Recently I was asked to deliver a talk on the best piece of advice I’ve ever been given. Thankfully, this is one of my favorite things to talk about since the experience really did change my life. In fact, I’d go as far to say you can pretty much divide my career into two halves around this piece of advice — it really was that important.